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LG’s next big handset, the LG Z, is said to feature a curved, flexible display, and might already be in production. The display will be mounted on a hard shell, though, so you won’t be able to bend it.

LG G2
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Pocket-lint is reporting that sources at LG have revealed to ZDNet Korea that the company’s next major smartphone, the LG Z, is already in production. Spec-wise, the phone will be comparable to the recently released LG G2. The real innovation here is that the phone is tipped to have a curved, flexible display.

Flexible, however, is a bit of a misnomer, as sources say the screen will be mounted to a fixed shell. So even if the screen is capable of flexing this way and that, you won’t be able to move it at all when it’s attached to a solid brick plastic. Instead, the phone will feature an overall curved design, like LG’s latest OLED TVs.

Sources claim the curve will improve gaming and watching movies, and that it will make the phone feel more natural in your hand. I’ve heard that latter claim recently about the rear-mounted control buttons on the LG G2, and I found them to be anything but natural.

Still, curved displays seem to be the next frontier for smartphones. Samsung has also revealed that it plans to introduce a curved screen smartphone this month as well.

And don’t forget we’ve already seen one a couple years back – the Galaxy Nexus featured a curved screen, but it was so slight that it was nearly imperceptible. I’d expect the curve on new models to be much more pronounced.

LG is reportedly ready to introduce the phone in South Korea as early as the end of this month, so it could be going up directly against Samsung.

  1. Don’t need no flex screens. Net better antennas and batteries.

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  2. appraciate if you could compare the cameras also like galaxy s4 vs LG G2 features.
    like video modes, photo effects, low light perfmormance, slow motion capture, 100Hz video etc
    also wireless charging etc in a table format and just add a new phone into the matrix so the features can be cross checked against diffrerent models in one place.

    thanks

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  3. I would think the biggest advantage of a curved screen is avoiding screen glare.
    I find that at times the glass surface of my phone makes it almost impossible to read when there is bright light behind me.

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